What we do
Connect and Educate Florida Defense Businesses

Bringing together defense businesses of all sizes from all across the state
Advocate for a Better Business Climate

Making Florida the supplier to the nation
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Our Mission: To promote the business interests of Florida defense contractors through focused, statewide activities in business development, industry education, and advocacy.
  • The only association for Florida defense businesses of all sizes across Florida

  • Leading a statewide business network with members in varied and diverse industries

  • Decades of combined experience in Florida economic development, business development, and governmental affairs

  • Did you know?
    Facts about Florida's defense industry.

The only business association:

Focused on meeting your unique needs.

Connecting you with defense businesses, primes and subcontractors, all across Florida.

With a board like you, comprised of leaders from small to large Florida defense businesses.

Engaged for your success during uncertain times.

Working tirelessly to improve your business climate.

Conducting events, activities, and advocacy specifically tailored for you and your defense business.
Chair, Tim Bagniefski
VP of Marketing and Business Development
General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
President, Joe Marino
Vice-President, Noel McCormick
McCormick Stevenson Engineering and Design
Treasurer, Drew Harris
Systems Engineer / Network Administrator
First Commerce Credit Union
Secretary, Sue Englander
President and CEO
EEI Manufacturing Services
Hundreds of Florida companies earn prime contract defense revenue each year, and thousands more are subcontractors.

Each one contributes to and provides the best equipment and services in the world for our men and women serving in the US Armed Forces through:
Advanced Manufacturing
Information Technology
Research and Development
Simulation and Training
Security Services
Transportation and logistics
and more.
Over 100 businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors are FDCA Members.
Total Military and Defense economic impact: $73.4 Billion
Florida Defense Factbook 2013, Haas Center for Enterprise Florida (EFI)

Federal military procurement is a key driver of Florida’s high-wage, high-technology economy, generating...nearly 200,000 jobs across the state. [T]his accounts for a sizeable portion of Florida employment in key areas such as engineering and manufacturing.
Florida Defense Industry Economic Impact Analysis 2013, Haas Center for EFI

Procurement Totals by Year (in billions):


FDCA Corporate Membership
FDCA offers corporate Memberships for Florida defense businesses, prime and sub contractors, of all sizes, which earn revenue supporting or relating to national security (DoD/non-DoD revenue).

We also offer Associate Memberships for organizations which support or provide services to defense businesses.

  • FDCA Members

  • Overall benefits of supporting FDCA with your membership

  • Benefits to fit your unique business

  • Affordable dues for every business size

Directly connect with over 100 FDCA Member businesses from international prime contractors to subcontractors, such as:

Full Public Membership Directory
Your dues provide necessary resources for activities towards accomplishing our Mission, which results in:

Supporting Defense Businesses and the Industry
Providing You New Business Opportunities
Lowering Your Cost of Operating in Florida
Making Your Businesses More Competitive
Members Assoc.
Voting Rights
Develop Your Business:
Exclusive Opportunities, Events, and Discounts; Access to Member Only Online 24 hour networking
Promote Your Business:
Listing on Website, Communications, and other online properties
Improve Your Business Climate:
Legislative Advocacy
Maximize Your Participation:
Up to 3 Point of Contact Representatives, sit on committees
Determine your business' Average Annual Florida Defense Revenue (AAFDR).

AAFDR = (Annual Revenue in FL) - (non-defense revenue) - (revenue subcontracted out)

AAFDR 12 month Dues
over $20 M $2000
$10 M to $20 M $1000
$5 M to $10 M $500
$2.5 M to $5 M $250
up to $2.5 M $175
Not a defense business $500
Events Drive Business Development
Businesses development opportunities occur when businesses connect. It takes time to find the right contact at the right company who can help your business succeed. Are you reaching your target audience?
FDCA events are open to all Florida defense business professionals (except the Federal Affairs Workshop). Members receive discounts.

  • Our audience is your audience - activities specifically designed for defense businesses

  • Four Feature Events a year, one a quarter, throughout Florida and Washington DC

  • Networking Events provide you an informal and relaxed setting to reach your audience

  • FDCA Webinars are tools for you to exchange knowledge and keep up with what is affecting the industry in Florida and your business

You have many options, and your time is valuable. Your audience attends our events, so you receive a better return on you time and resources investment :
Business owners
CEO's, COO's, CFO's
Business Development Managers
Supply Chain Managers
and more.
Prime contractors
Small to Large Businesses
First Coast Defense Expo
November 6, 2014, Jacksonville, FL
Registration Open!
FL Defense Day
Winter, 2015, Tallahassee, FL
Registration Opening Soon
FL Defense Technology Showcase
Spring, 2015, Clearwater, FL
Registration Opening Soon
Federal Affairs Workshop
June 26, 2014, Washington, DC
Registration Opening Soon
FDCA Member Only Event
Coming Soon!

Advocating a Better Business Climate
Florida Capitol Complex The business climate in which you operate greatly affects your competitiveness. Your company is a federal contractor, but is also a Florida business. We have unique issues our industry and businesses need to bring to the attention of state leaders.

Every major industry in Florida has a presence in Tallahassee. FDCA is yours.

Our focal point for advocacy is the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch during the annual Legislative Session. We are working on your behalf for:

  • Defense Works in Florida

  • Unemployment Insurance Relief

Economic development incentive for Florida prime contractors to target and award subcontracts to Florida small business subcontractors

Protect Florida federal contractors reducing workforce, as a result of contract termination for convenience, against higher unemployment insurance rates


Your business may or may not have the resources for a government affairs staff, or the time and relationships it takes to invest toward a better business climate in Florida; however, a small portion of FDCA membership dues goes towards this vital work.
Connect and stay informed of events and news in your area and around the state:
Free and open to the public regardless of membership status

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Florida House Reps Split on Passing Continuing Resolution, Arming Syrian Rebels - Sunshine State News

"This week, the U.S. House passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government including an amendment arming Syrian rebels.

Instead of a party lines vote, the continuing resolution and the Syrian rebels amendment divided both the Republicans and the Democrats and that was reflected in how the Florida delegation voted.

The continuing resolution, which will keep the federal government going for three months, passed 319-108 with 176 Republicans and 143 Democrats backing it while 53 Republicans and 55 Democrats voted against it. The amendment arming the Syrian rebels passed 273-156 with 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats voting for it and 85 Republicans and 71 Democrats standing against it.

The Florida delegation mirrored the chamber with Republicans and Democrats from the Sunshine State divided over the votes. On the continuing resolution, Republicans Gus Bilirakis, Vern Buchanan, Ander Crenshaw, Mario Diaz-Balart, David Jolly, John Mica, Jeff Miller, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Dennis Ross, Steve Southerland and Dan Webster, and Democrats Corrine Brown, Kathy Castor, Ted Deutch, Joe Garcia, Alan Grayson, Patrick Murphy, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Frederica Wilson, voted for it. Republicans Curt Clawson, Ron DeSantis, Rich Nugent, Bill Posey, Tom Rooney and Ted Yoho voted against the continuing resolution as did Democrats Lois Frankel and Alcee Hastings. "

Florida House Reps Split on Passing Continuing Resolution, Arming Syrian Rebels | Sunshine State News

Lawmakers eyeing lame-duck for defense bill vote - TheHill

"House and Senate lawmakers are holding informal talks on cobbling together a joint 2015 defense policy bill in the hopes that they could approve the must-pass legislation during a lame-duck session of Congress, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) said Tuesday.

Talks between members of the House and Senate Armed Services panels began because members are under the impression that the upper chamber is “not going to have a bill go to the floor,” Thornberry, who could chair the House Armed Services Committee next year, told The Hill.

“There’s informal discussions where all members can weigh in about what they like in the House bill and the Senate committee bill,” Thornberry said.

By starting talks now, he said, members and their staffs will have anywhere from a month to six weeks to “hash through” any differences and “hopefully we can be in a position to have a … final NDAA voted on in a lame duck session.”"

Lawmakers eyeing lame-duck for defense bill vote | TheHill

Statement by Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello in Response to NASA's Commercial Crew Award Announcement - SpaceRef

""First and foremost, congratulations to Boeing and SpaceX for being selected by NASA to provide commercial crew transport of U.S. astronauts to Low Earth Orbit.

Today's announcement is continued good news for Florida and for the nation. It advances a new era in space transportation and is the next major step toward restoring U.S. capability to fly astronauts to the ISS and beyond. Both Boeing and SpaceX have already invested significant time and resources into establishing commercial crew operations here in Florida and we look forward to working hand-in-hand with both companies to make their upcoming missions successful.""

Statement by Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello in Response to NASA's Commercial Crew Award Announcement | SpaceRef - Your Space Reference

Summit Construction, Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, awarded $10,604,051

Summit Construction, Inc., Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, is being awarded a $10,604,051 firm-fixed-price contract to perform an architectural/refrigeration project on the commissary at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Work will be performed in Hawaii with an estimated completion date of February 2016.

Defense.gov Contracts for Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bukkehave, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, awarded $11,607,670

Bukkehave, Inc., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, was awarded an $11,607,670 firm-fixed-price, requirements, foreign military sales contract for Toyota Land Cruiser truck variants (in both left-hand drive and right-hand drive): 2-door pickup, 4-door pickup, sport utility vehicle, ambulance, mobile maintenance truck, and common spare parts. Funding and work location will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 29, 2017.

Defense.gov Contracts for Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Florida, awarded $9,525,881

Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Orlando, Florida, has been awarded a $9,525,881 modification (P00051) to previously awarded FA8223-11-C-0001 firm-fixed-price contract for C-130 aircrew training systems courseware update to convert, produce, validate and distribute all formal training unit courseware from C-130H1 to C-130H2 configuration while maintaining student throughput. Work will be performed at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, and is expected to be completed by Dec. 30, 2016.

Defense.gov Contracts for Monday, September 15, 2014

Hellfire Systems LLC, Orlando, Florida, awarded $68,721,521

Hellfire Systems LLC, Orlando, Florida, was awarded a $68,721,521 modification (P00104) to firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract W31P4Q-11-C-0242 to acquire 1,361 Hellfire II tactical missiles in containers and air-to ground missiles: model AGM-114R, AGM-114R-3, AGM-114P-4A, TGM M36E7, and ATM-114Q-6. The countries involved in this foreign military sales contract are Iraq, Jordan, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Fiscal 2012, fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2014 other procurement funds in the amount of $68,721,521 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is Nov. 30, 2016. Work will be performed in Orlando, Florida. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity.

Defense.gov Contracts for Monday, September 15, 2014

CAE Healthcare Inc., Sarasota, Florida, awarded $28,500,000

CAE Healthcare Inc., Sarasota, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $28,500,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for medical simulation products and accessories. This is a five-year base contract, with no option periods. Location of performance is Florida, with a Sept. 14, 2019, performance completion date.

Defense.gov Contracts for Monday, September 15, 2014